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Shakespeare's Sonnet 64

  1    When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced
  2    The rich proud cost of outworn buried age;
  3    When sometime lofty towers I see down-razed
  4    And brass eternal slave to mortal rage;
  5    When I have seen the hungry ocean gain
  6    Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,
  7    And the firm soil win of the wat'ry main,
  8    Increasing store with loss and loss with store;
  9    When I have seen such interchange of state,
 10    Or state itself confounded to decay;
 11    Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate,
 12    That Time will come and take my love away.
 13      This thought is as a death, which cannot choose
 14      But weep to have that which it fears to lose.

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